Going to the dentist isn't any fun, but it is one of those things that just has to be done. For years, I fought the process and didn't go for my regular cleanings and in the end, it sure didn't pay to do so. I ended up spending ten times as much time in the chair and a boat-load of money in dental repairs. If you don't like going to the dentist, you can make it easier on yourself. This blog will show you a few tips that can help you improve the experience and get through the treatment without as much discomfort.
As a parent, you want the best for your child in every respect, right down to hoping and doing all you can to ensure they have a lovely smile they can be proud to share with the rest of the world. While you may know that braces are a good idea for your teen or pre-teen, your child may not be so happy about the whole idea. In fact, they can be pretty stubborn about the whole idea at this age when their looks and appearance are such a big part of who they are. To get your teenager on board with the idea of getting braces, there may be a few things that you can do to encourage them to see things in a different way.
Make use of social media for a positive influence.
Teens are often fearful of getting braces simply because they do not want to be ostracized by their peers. However, there are probably more people with braces than what your teenager realizes. Hit up some of the social media sites and look for other teens you or your teen knows who has braces. You could even scope out social media profiles of well-known musicians and actors who had to wear braces when they were young and dig for pictures. Sometimes, just seeing that there are others who wear braces and do so just fine can help sway your teen's opinion on the matter.
Take your teen to an orthodontist for a consultation to address their concerns.
Teenagers are pretty notorious for not having a lot of faith in what their parents say, which is why it can be a good idea to simply schedule a consultation with an orthodontist to have them address your teen's concerns. Coming from the mouth of someone other than you, the reasoning for getting braces can sound more logical to your stubborn teenager.
Show your teen the different options that are available for braces.
Getting braces automatically conjures up an image in the mind of a teenager of a mouth full of metal and wires, which is not always how braces have to be. Take some time to show your teenager the different options available, such as invisible braces that actually are hardly visible in the mouth at all or braces that attach to the backside of the teeth instead of the front, which are a little less common.